Advance a Community through FSD's International Volunteer Program for Professionals

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ProCorps Volunteering offers 2-12 week placements at any FSD site. It's an ideal short-term program for individuals and groups with several years (5+) of professional experience related to one of the sectors we work in. You work directly with our NGO Partners to apply your expertise to pressing community needs worldwide.

Unique to ProCorps is the customization it offers. Choose where, when, and for how long you go. Volunteers support projects in one or more FSD focus areas. Typical projects include program evaluations, technical support, and operations analysis for our Partner NGOs.

Pre-Departure support provides educational materials, communication with FSD in San Francisco and abroad, as well as logistical preparation guidance. You receive continued support on-site through orientation, development trainings, and cultural activities. Most importantly, each project assignment emphasizes skills transfer so that your contribution is sustainable and continues long after you return home. After the program, you can stay involved through FSD's Alumni Connect program.

Some Opportunities Include:

Masaka, Uganda

⇒ Clean Water
⇒ Safe Cook Stoves
⇒ Water Harvesting
⇒ Gender Equity

Ciudad Sandino, Nicaragua
⇒ Marketing

Tola, Nicaragua
⇒ Youth Development
⇒ Computer Support
⇒ Microenterprise Training
⇒ Fundraising
⇒ Disaster Preparedness Training

Salta, Argentina
⇒ Education Outreach

Jinja, Uganda
⇒ Reproductive Health
⇒ Maternal Health
⇒ Youth Education

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Meet a ProCorps Volunteer

Chris Laurent worked for 14 years in the financial sector before volunteering with FSD’s ProCorps program for 12 weeks outside of Cochabamba, Bolivia. His work supported the operational development of a struggling microfinance institution that supported rural farmers. Through his experience in Bolivia, Chris returned to the United States and began a new career in international microfinance.


Constructing Clean Water Systems in Masaka, Uganda | APPLY NOW

WHAT: Masaka district exemplifies the devastating effects of the water crisis in Uganda, which has left millions of children and adults without access to safe drinking water. In Masaka, infectious diseases, especially those that are water borne, are still the number one killer of children under the age of five. Through facilitating workshops focused on simple and effective sanitation practices, and supporting the design and construction of rainwater harvesting tanks, ProCorps Volunteers will help to increase community awareness of the importance of hygiene while providing a vital clean water supply during dry weather seasons.

WHERE: ProCorps volunteer(s) selected for this assignment will be based out of Masaka, Uganda and work in close collaboration with local FSD Partner NGO, Community Health Empowerment Development Relief Agency (CHEDRA).

WHO: CHEDRA seeks consultants who have the expertise necessary to construct rainwater harvesting tanks and those who can audit existing equipment for efficiency testing. Are you willing to work in rural communities? Can you handle working in a different culture as part of a cross-cultural team? Do you possess construction skills? Volunteers should be self-motivated and ready to work without much supervision.

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Designing and Introducing Safe Cook Stoves in Masaka, Uganda | APPLY NOW

WHAT: A major challenge facing communities in Masaka, Uganda is the large consumption of wood used for cook stoves, which releases toxic indoor fumes and puts women and children at a disproportionately grave risk for acute respiratory, cardiovascular and ocular diseases. Through the construction of safe, energy efficient stoves, this project aims to improve public health and the overall quality of life for women and children, and their families throughout Masaka.

WHERE: ProCorps volunteer(s) selected for this assignment will be based out of Masaka, Uganda and work in close collaboration with local FSD Partner NGO, Community Health Empowerment Development Relief Agency (CHEDRA).

WHO: CHEDRA seeks consultants who have the expertise necessary to construct cook stoves/and or can recommend methods to improving the efficiency of existing equipment. Are you willing to work in rural communities? Can you handle working in a different culture as part of a cross-cultural team? Do you possess construction skills? Individuals, couples, groups of friends, and colleagues are encouraged to apply.

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Evaluation and Upgrade of Water Harvesting Tanks in Masaka, Uganda | APPLY NOW

WHAT: The water crisis in Uganda has left millions of children and adults without access to safe drinking water. Residents of Luteete village travel over two kilometers to fetch water from a well, which is contaminated from use by both human and animals. ProCorps Volunteers will work to train members of this village in appropriate technology in water harvesting, using locally available materials to ensure the sustainability of the project.

WHERE: ProCorps volunteer(s) selected for this assignment will be based out of Masaka, Uganda and work in close collaboration with local FSD Partner NGO, Luteete Twekulakulanye Demonstration Center.

WHO: Are you interested in water conservation? Are you willing to work in rural communities? Can you handle working in a different culture as part of a cross-cultural team? Do you possess construction skills? Volunteers should be self-motivated and ready to work without much supervision.

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Women's Empowerment/Gender Equity in Masaka, Uganda | APPLY NOW

WHAT: Volunteers will work with Get Smart, an informal association of several women’s groups operating within the Kingo, Uganda sub-county. Volunteers will work to achieve Get Smart’s objectives of improving the standard of living of women living in the surrounding area and encouraging these women to participate in both government and non-governmental programs that are for the benefit of women. Volunteers will create materials highlighting the need for women’s empowerment, design activities to encourage women to become active decision makers, and encourage young women to become leaders in their communities.

WHERE: FSD ProCorps volunteers will be working with Get Smart in Kingo, Uganda.

WHO: : Volunteers interested in this opportunity should have experience conducting trainings or seminars, familiarity with empowerment methods, and the ability to communicate effectively.

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Reproductive Health in Jinja Uganda | APPLY NOW

WHAT: FSD ProCorp volunteers will work in collaboration with St. Francis Health Care Services’ Adolescent Reproductive Health Forum to promote confidential information sharing on reproductive health issues and other private matters for those in the in the early reproductive age range: 18 – 25. Many individuals in this age range have never used a computer nor have they found it to be relevant tool or communication medium. The health forum focuses on improving their use of computers and internet search skills to access reproductive health information.

WHERE: FSD ProCorp volunteers will work in collaboration with the St. Francis Healthcare Services in Jinja, Uganda.

WHO:Those interested in this program should have an ability to teach nonusers how to use a computer, navigate the internet, and to access web forums. In addition, volunteers must have a positive and flexible approach to teaching adolescent reproductive health keeping in mind the students will have a different cultural context than their own.

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Maternal Health in Masaka, Uganda | APPLY NOW

WHAT: Volunteers will work in collaboration with the Ugandan Development and Health Associates (UDHA), which as adapted a Community Health Worker (CHW) program proven to improve maternal and newborn health, empower families to make informed healthcare decisions and adopt beneficial maternal and newborn home healthcare practices. FSD volunteers will carry out an evaluation of the CHW program's successes and failures to facilitate better intervention strategies. They will also provide continuous mentorship of the CHW, health workers and project staff on maternal and child health issues. In addition, work on the database used to capture monthly data must be audited to ensure data consistency and quality for easier and more accurate performance tracking.

WHERE: The communities of Maina and Girigiri-Busu of Jinja, Uganda identified maternal and newborn illness and death as serious problems that negatively impact the entire community.

WHO: Volunteers interested in this program should have a solid background in maternal and child health, public health, anthropology or a related field. Volunteers must be self-motivated, willing to work without much supervision, and possess a basic level of understanding for data management, monitoring and evaluation. Good interpersonal skills are necessary as well as a willingness to learn the local language "Lusoga."

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Marketing Plan for Vital Health Services in Ciudad Sandino, Nicaragua | APPLY NOW

WHAT: MASINFA is a community organization that provides services addressing disparities in education, housing, nutrition, and health. The MASINFA clinic, CIPO, is currently struggling reach clients in Masaya, and is working on an initiative to reach more people in the community. Through the development of a marketing plan, ProCorps Volunteers will play an important role in helping CIPO serve more people and increase the sustainability of their services.

WHERE: ProCorps volunteer(s) selected for this assignment will be based out of Masaya near Ciudad Sandino, Nicaragua, with local FSD Partner NGO, Masaya Sin Fronteras (MASINFA).

WHO: MASINFA seeks consultants with experience in marketing, publicity, and/or financial analysis. Are you willing to work in semi-urban communities? Can you handle working in a different culture as part of a cross-cultural team? Do you possess marketing skills? Individuals, couples, and colleagues are encouraged to apply. Volunteers should have an intermediate level of Spanish. >

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Coaching Youth Soccer Camp in Tola, Nicaragua | APPLY NOW

WHAT: Youth in the Tola area lack opportunities for safe, constructive activities. Many drop out of school, and some have become involved with drugs, drinking, and gang activity. Recognizing this, the Alcaldia (Mayor’s office) of Tola has been providing limited funding for sports teams to provide youth with positive alternatives. The teams are typically led by older youth, who have the chance to develop leadership skills. However, the team captains lack practical training to excel in their sport. Through facilitating a soccer camp for local Team Captains, and possibly organizing a tournament for the region, ProCorps Volunteers will help increase youth involvement in extracurricular activities, strengthen youth leadership and provide alternatives to delinquency.

WHERE: ProCorps volunteer(s) selected for this assignment will be based in the city of Tola, in the department of Rivas, Nicaragua. They will work in close collaboration with local FSD Partner, la Alcaldía de Tola (the Mayor´s Office of Tola).

WHO: La Alcaldía seeks consultants who have the expertise necessary to run a soccer camp for team captains and possibly team members. Do you have experience working with youth? Can you teach soccer games, technical skills, and coaching approaches? Are you willing to work in a semi-rural community? Can you handle working in a different culture as part of a cross-cultural team? Individuals, couples, groups of friends, and colleagues are encouraged to apply. Volunteers should speak intermediate Spanish.

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Computer Training and Support in Tola, Nicaragua | APPLY NOW

WHAT: Recently, over 80 used Apple computers were donated to the rural communities of Limon 1, Limon 2, and Las Salinas. They have been installed in special rooms and have all of the necessary equipment and wiring. However, they lack basic applications and local teachers do not know how to use them. Thus, the computers sit unused in locked rooms. Through a project that includes setting up the computers with basic software, facilitating workshops for teachers on how to use the computers, and empowering local computer-savvy youth, ProCorps Volunteers will effectively bring computer access to rural schools.

WHERE: ProCorps volunteer(s) selected for this assignment will be based in the communities of Limon 1, Limon 2, or Las Salinas, in the county of Tola, in the department of Rivas, Nicaragua. They will work in close collaboration with local FSD Partners, public elementary, middle, and high schools in Limon 1, Limon 2, and Las Salinas.

WHO: The public schools of Tola seek consultants who have experience in computer support and training. Are you willing to work in rural communities? Can you handle working in a different culture as part of a cross-cultural team? The intern should have at least a basic level Spanish.

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Building Administrative Capacity for Microenterprises in Tola, Nicaragua | APPLY NOW

WHAT: The county seat of Tola City is home to numerous small businesses and social enterprises. Many of these organizations are supported by La Casa de la Mujer (Women´s House), which, in addition to offering advocacy and legal services for women, runs programs to encourage entrepreneurship. The small businesses in Tola would benefit greatly from training on administrative and operational functions with basic business concepts and tools. Through facilitating workshops on strategic and organizational planning, marketing, and basic accounting systems, ProCorps Volunteers would help small business owners and cooperatives strengthen their bottom line and assure sustainability.

WHERE: ProCorps volunteer(s) selected for this assignment will be based in the city of Tola, in the department of Rivas, Nicaragua. They will work in close collaboration with local FSD Partner, La Casa de la Mujer (Women´s House).

WHO: La Casa de la Mujer seeks consultants who have the expertise in small business management and training. Are you willing to work in a semi-rural community? Can you handle working in a different culture as part of a cross-cultural team? Individuals, couples, groups of friends, and colleagues are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have an intermediate level of Spanish.

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Fundraising and Financial Development Support in Rivas, Nicaragua | APPLY NOW

WHAT: Casa de la Mujer is a well respected, long standing organization that works towards gender equity, promoting human rights, and offers important and critical services and programs for the communities in the department of Rivas. As a non-governmental organization and non-profit, Casa de la Mujer survives financially on relationships created with foreign friends and other organizations. Through a ProCorps volunteer, Casa de la Mujer would greatly benefit from having someone come and work with them on grants, fundraising, and other alternative ways to increase the financial stability of the organization that is so important to the well being of the women, children, families, and community members in the department of Rivas.

WHERE: ProCorps volunteer(s) selected will be based in the city of Rivas, Nicaragua. They will work in close collaboration with the team at Casa de la Mujer in Rivas.

WHO: Casa de la Mujer seeks consultants who have experience in fundraising, development work, and the financial strengthening of organizations. Do you have experience investigating and applying for grants? Are you a business savvy person that understands non-profits? Are you willing to share your skills and make them transferable? Can you handle working in a different culture as part of a cross-cultural team? Individuals, couples, groups of friends, and colleagues are encouraged to apply. Volunteers should speak intermediate Spanish.

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Community Disaster Preparedness Training in Tola, Nicaragua | APPLY NOW

WHAT: Southwestern Nicaragua is a mountainous coastal region with a long history of natural disasters. There is a constant risk of floods, forest fires, earthquakes, and tsunamis. In a recent community forum in the small rural town of Limon 2, participants suggested that the community should have their own corps of volunteers, perhaps drawn from local youth, who are trained in First Aid and other response techniques. Through establishing and training a volunteer emergency response team, ProCorps Volunteers will help prepare the community for responding to a natural disaster.

WHERE: ProCorps volunteer(s) selected for this assignment will be based out of Las Salinas, in the county of Tola, in the department of Rivas, Nicaragua. They will work in close collaboration with local FSD Partner, Puesto de Salud de Las Salinas (Las Salinas Health Post).

WHO: Puesto de Salud de Las Salinas seeks consultants who have the expertise necessary to create a Community Emergency Response Plan and train a volunteer emergency response team. Do you have advanced first aid training and experience with emergency response? Are you willing to work in rural communities? Can you handle working in a different culture as part of a cross-cultural team? Volunteers should have an intermediate level of Spanish.

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Publicity Campaign for Educational NGO in Salta, Argentina | APPLY NOW

WHAT: FUCAS’ mission is to develop the potential and abilities of children, youth, and adults. Towards this end, FUCAS staff members lead programs aimed to raise self-esteem, improve family relations, and better the living conditions of its clients. Through projects that support FUCAS’ communication initiatives (such as a community radio show, a printing press cooperative, and a documentary), ProCorps Volunteers will increase community awareness of FUCAS’ services and help them to spread their message to more clients.

WHERE: ProCorps volunteer(s) selected for this assignment will be based out of Salta, Argentina with local FSD Partner NGO, FUCAS.

WHO: FUCAS seeks consultants with experience in website development, video design, and/or broadcasting experience. Are you willing to work in a semi-urban community? Can you handle working in a different culture as part of a cross-cultural team? Individuals, couples, and colleagues are encouraged to apply. Volunteers should have an intermediate level of Spanish.

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Youth Development and Education in Jinja, Uganda | APPLY NOW

WHAT: Currently, the Masese Child Development Centre (MCDC) is stocking the library with a variety of books - from children's books to trade and business books - to improve the overall literacy of the community. The library has grown popular with the community and the MCDC must establish a resource center to provide support for the new visitors. The resource center will include a computerized system to track and categorize the books as well as how to look up books of interest.

WHERE: FSD ProCorps volunteers will work in collaboration with the Masese Child Development Centre (MCDC) at the MCDC Children and Community Library in Jinja, Uganda.

WHO: Volunteers for this project should have a general knowledge of how to set up computers, connect to the internet, and help teach the library staff how to manage and track the books. Volunteers will help establish a resource center and interact with the community answering questions and instructing the staff.

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